Issue 6: Wednesday, 21st April 2021


Welcome back for Term 2!

We have had one staff change for this term, with Miss Leah Annesley commencing leave and Miss Merissa Nandlall moving in to Boornar 2. Ms Helen Wilmot is welcomed into our Science and Technologies team. We wish Miss Annesley all the best as she looks forward to the joys and challenges of being a new parent.

In a school year of 40 weeks, terms average ten weeks. Following a short Term 1, Term 2 has eleven weeks with two public holidays – ANZAC Day holiday on Monday, April 26th and WA Day holiday on Monday, June 7th. We have a School Development Day on Friday, June 4th making this a four-day weekend for our students.

For kindy parents, terms out of the ‘usual’ can be confusing and disruptive to family routines. Kindergarten groups are allocated alternate Wednesdays, with Koolbardi 1a, 2 & 6a attending on odd weeks (Weeks 1, 3, 5, 7, 9) and Koolbardi 1b & 2b attending on even weeks (Weeks 2, 4, 6, 8, 10). As Term 2 has an odd number of weeks, Koolbardi 1a & 2a will attend on the last Wednesday this term and again the first Wednesday next term. Please refer to your term planner to confirm which Wednesdays your Kindy child attends and if you have any questions, check with their teacher or the front office.

It was disappointing that our school was targeted by vandals over the school holidays. Please keep an eye out for suspicious activity on or around the school grounds and report it to the Police on 131 444 or Education Security on 1800 177 777.

Although our courts are school property, we leave them unlocked for the community to use outside of school hours. In 2019, Bertram became the first primary school in WA to be granted funds by Tennis Australia to resurface our courts. An unfortunate side effect of the blue and green surface is that skid marks left by bikes are very obvious. Over the holidays I spoke to a group of children who were encouraging each other to ‘lay rubber’. Please remind your children to respect school property and to leave their bikes outside the gate of the courts if they are playing there outside of school hours.

Today we held our Anzac Ceremony, attended by Year 3 – 6 students. Anzac Day is a time for all Australians to recognise the more than 1.5 million service men and women who have served our country in all conflicts, wars and peacekeeping operations. It's also a time to remember the more than 102,000 Australians who sacrificed their lives in our country's name. We appreciate the contribution of the City of Kwinana, Kwinana RSL and Bertram Primary P&C to this significant event in our school calendar and are proud of the leadership our student councillors demonstrated in hosting our Anzac Ceremony.

This week, Australian Red Cross delivered an interactive and informative incursion for our Year 6 classes, teaching students about refugees and people seeking asylum around the world and in Australia. During the In Search of Safety program, students had the chance to imagine what it would be like to flee their homes quickly through an engaging simulation, and to hear from children their age about their experiences of seeking safety. This was a great opportunity for students to learn about human rights and why people need protection.

During Weeks 4 & 5 (Tuesday, May 11th – Friday, May 21st), our Year 3 and 5 students will participate in NAPLAN testing in Writing, Reading, Language Conventions and Numeracy. These assessments will be completed online using school iPads with the exception of Year 3 Writing which is a pencil and paper test. I encourage you to go to the NAPLAN Public Demonstration site and have a ‘play’.

Completing an assessment online requires our students to think differently to when they are gaming or interacting with other content. Many children have become accustomed to getting a visual or sound cue if they give an incorrect answer so may not take care to answer accurately the first time. Teachers have been concentrating on problem solving strategies and the use of working out paper, especially in Mathematics. If you are solving problems with your children at home, verbalise your thought processes to assist them to develop these skills.

Thank you for your continued support.

Jane Weir

Acting Principal


Welcome back! We hope you had a wonderful break and are ready for a busy 11-week Term 2!



We are still working on resolving a number of Unexplained Absences from Term 1. After a long period of time it is sometimes difficult to remember why your child was absent on a specific date or dates but we encourage you to complete the form, if your child brings one home, and return it to school as a matter of urgency.

As the mornings get cooler it gets harder to get out of bed, but it is important your child arrives at school on time every day.

Attendance and punctuality play a huge role in children's social/emotional and academic development. When students are not in class they miss out on a wealth of knowledge as well as continuity of learning and building and maintaining relationships.

Prioritise your child's attendance.

Children shouldn’t be kept home to babysit or to help around the home. When parents do this, they diminish the importance of attending school every day.

Model presence and punctuality.

Your best teaching is done by example, so leaving for work five minutes late tells your child that being punctual is not important.

Teach strategies that lead to punctuality.

A late bus, misplaced shoes, a crowded bathroom can hold people up, but appropriate strategies can be explicitly taught to your children. For example, preparing clothes the night before can save time when a bathroom is shared. Waking up half an hour early allows for extra time to find a lost shoe.

Teach children the appropriate tools to use in order to increase their chances for regular attendance.


Epilepsy Awareness Week

Thank you to everyone who supported our Wear Purple for Epilepsy Day at the end of Term 1. We raised $372.70 which we have donated to Epilepsy WA. We are now one step closer to being recognised as an Epilepsy Smart School.


P&C Mother’s Day Stall

The P&C is busy preparing for the Mother’s Day Stall which will be held during Week 3. A timetable for when your child’s LA will be visiting the stall will be shared closer to the time.


Cathy Stott, Kiera Slade, Aimee Coffey

Deputy Principals


A friendly reminder of upcoming Excursion/School Based Activity payments:

  • ANZAC  Biscuits, payment is due Thursday, 22nd April 2021.
  • EDU Dance Term 2 (Koolbardi 1A & B, 2A & B, 3, 4, 5, 6A, Boornar 1, 3, 4, Kwenda 2, 4, 5, Yonga 4, Nornt 3, Kin kin 2, Djidi-djidi 2) payment is due Thursday, 6th May 2021.

Late payments will not be accepted.

Payment Plans

May be arranged prior to the the payment due date by contacting the Manager Corporate Services, Liz O'Born at the front office on 6174 0000.  

Financial Support 

If providing your child/ren the opportunity to participate in  Excursions or School Based Activities is likely to cause financial hardship, we may be able to provide financial support.  Please complete the slip on bottom of the consent form and return it to the front office.



Term 2

Monday, 19th April - Friday, 2nd July 

Monday, 26th April - ANZAC Day Public Holiday

Friday, 4th June - School Development Day 

Monday, 7th June - WA Day Public Holiday 

Term 3 

Monday, 19th July - Friday, 24th September 

Monday, 23rd August - School Development Day 

Term 4 

Monday, 11th October - School Development Day

Tuesday, 12th October - Thursday, 16th December 

Friday, 17th December - School Development Day 


MondayPrimary Music Institute (PMI) Keyboard/Guitar 
TuesdayRunners' Club 
Tuesday Edu Dance 
WednesdayToasted sandwiches/pancakes
WednesdayAssembly (see Assembly timetable)
WednesdaySchool Banking 
Thursday Runners' Club 
ThursdayEdu Dance 

NAPLAN testing for Year 3 and 5 studentsTuesday 11th May 2021 - Friday, 21st May 2021


Wednesday, 28th AprilJunior Assembly 
Wednesday, 5th MaySenior Assembly 
Wednesday, 19th May Middle Assembly 
Wednesday, 26th May Junior Assembly 
Wednesday, 9th June Senior Assembly 
Wednesday, 16th June Middle Assembly 
Wednesday, 23rd June Junior Assembly 
Wednesday, 30th June Senior Assembly 


Thursday, 22nd AprilYear 6 (Kin kin 1 & 2) Migrant school based activity
Monday, 26th April ANZAC Day Public Holiday 
Friday, 30th AprilStudents Leaders attending GRIP Student Leader Conference 
Monday, 3rd MayP&C Meeting 
Tuesday, 4th May P&C Mother's Day Stall 
Wednesday, 5th May P&C Mother's Day Stall 
Thursday, 6th May Year 6 (Djidi-djidi 1 & 2, Kin kin 1 & 2) Migrant school based activity
Friday, 7th May P&C Mother's Day Stall 
Friday, 7th May Choir Fundraiser - Denim Day 
Tuesday, 18th May 

Year 6 Camp Fundraiser - Kindy Crazy Sock Day 

Wednesday, 19th MayNational Simultaneous Storytime 
Friday, 21st May Year 6 Camp Fundraiser - (K - 6) Crazy Sock Day 
Friday, 28thColour Run 
Monday, 31st MayP&C Meeting 
Tuesday, 1st June Year 6 Camp Fundraiser - Kindy Super Hero Day 
Wednesday, 2nd June Grandparent's Day 
Thursday, 3rd June Year 6 Camp Fundraiser - K - 6 Super Hero Day 
Thursday, 3rd June K - 6 Super Hero Disco 
Friday, 4th June School Development Day 
Monday, 7th June WA Day Public Holiday 
Tuesday, 8th June School Photos 
Wednesday, 9th June School Photos 
Wednesday, 9th June Kindy Grandparent's Day 
Thursday, 10th June School Photos 
Friday, 11th June School Photos 
Monday, 14th JuneSchool Board Meeting 
Wednesday, 16th June K-PP House Cross Country 
Wednesday, 16th JuneShed Night 
Friday, 18th JuneYear 1 - 6 House Cross Country 
Tuesday, 22nd June P&C Fundraiser Kindy PJ Day
Friday, 25th June P&C Fundraiser (K - 6) PJ Day 
Friday, 2nd July Last Day of Term 2 


When you are asleep you lose your sense of smell. A working smoke alarm is your electronic nose and will alert you if there is smoke from a fire.

A working smoke alarm could save your life.

​A small fire can engulf an entire home in five minutes. A working smoke alarm will warn you if a fire starts in your home, giving your family precious minutes to escape.

Did you know?
  • Smoke alarms need to be tested monthly to make sure they are working.
  • Smoke alarms must be cleaned regularly to remove dust and cobwebs.
  • All smoke alarms, regardless of type and power source, need to be completely replaced every 10 years.
  • Smoke alarms should be located in all sleeping areas and in all paths of travel between sleeping areas and exits to the open air.
  • DFES recommends a mains-powered photoelectric smoke alarm.


All children from Pre-Primary to Year 11 are eligible to dental treatment at the Wellard Dental Therapy Centre located at Wellard Primary School.

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